Volume 57 - Spring 2024


Dates for your Diary

*Society of Bookbinders Conference, York
15th-18th August 2024



Arthur Green - The history of English bookbinding manuals andwhat they teach us. Illustrated lecture and overview of methods used in the past and their relevance today.

Sue Doggett - Seeing is believing: The construction and visuality of the handmade book. Using examples from her creative practice, Sue asks the question, what impact does learning and maintaining a craft skill have on your creative visual language?

Susana Dominguez Martin - The Bambalina - Susana's sliding spine binding, Demonstrating the structure and showing how the spine slides into the boards on opening the book.

Emma Fraser - An elegant method of board reattachment. Demonstrating her technique for re-attaching boards.

Lizzie Neville - An introduction to paper washing and resizing. A talk and demonstration of paper washing.

Glenn Malkin - Variations on the Origata binding. Explorations of the book structure from Julie Auzillon and demonstrated by Glenn.

Richard Beadsmoore - A meander through my bindings. Illustrated talk: The journey from evening class to DB Fellow with tips for the amateur binder on the way.

Piotr Jarosz - A Drop Back Box with triple layer structure. Demonstration with lots of extra useful information.

Serena Kirkman - Pre-booked sessions for delegates to seek advice on book restoration. Advice and help from an experienced binder/book restorer.

Further details are available here.

*Ludlow Book Fair
Ludlow, Shropshire
25th-26th October 2024

ludlow book fair

A celebration of Fine Books, Printing, Bookbinding and Book Arts

To be held in the Clive Pavilion, Ludlow Racecourse, Shropshire, SY8 2BT

*Guild of Book Workers, Standards of Excellence Conference
Providence, Rhode Island
7th-9th November 2024


To be held at the Graduate Providence Hotel

Details to follow

Competition & Exhibition


OPEN•SET 2025 is a juried competition and exhibition featuring finely crafted bookbindings. Sponsored by the American Academy of Bookbinding, this competition and exhibition highlights exceptional technique and outstanding design from new binders and professionals. Bookbinders from around the world are invited to participate.

The OPEN•SET 2025 Exhibition will open in San Francisco, California, in January of 2025. There will be two venues displaying the exhibition. The Open Category Exhibition will be held at the San Francisco Center for the Book, and the Set Category Exhibition will be held at the American Bookbinders Museum.

Please visit bookbindingacademy.org or contact openset@ahhaa.org with questions.

J. Hewit & Sons will have a stand at the event(s) marked '*'. If you would like us to bring specific items for you to purchase, please let us know at least 4 weeks in advance of the event.

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